The Miracle That Made History

March 18, 2022

“Throughout history no one has ever heard of someone opening the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he wouldn’t be able to do anything.”

John 9:32-33

Written by Craig Willis from the Station Hill Campus

Truths We Boldly Declare

The two verses in today’s devotion do not seem to get a lot of ink in biblical commentaries and religious writings. Yet, they are powerful, and we cannot simply overlook them. In his argument with the Pharisees in John 9, the blind man—healed by Jesus in the miracle that made history!—jolts the religious system of the Pharisees. He does this by pointing out two indisputable facts concerning his ability to see.

Boldly, he stated that never in recorded history has any person born blind received his or her vision and that no person could perform this healing without being from God. The greatness of the miracle could only mean that Jesus was from God.

The Healing, Saving Touch

The Pharisees missed a deeper miracle that day, too. Not only did the blind man receive his physical sight; he also received his spiritual sight. He saw the man Jesus with his new eyes, but he “saw” the Savior and gained a renewed heart.

All of us are born in blindness just like this man. Romans 3:23 states that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We may see the world with our eyes, but every heart born suffers spiritual blindness. Satan’s deception is rooted deeply at birth, and we cannot see truth until the healing power of the Savior touches our hearts and restores our corrupted spiritual vision. The miracle that made history continues on as we share the story of Christ’s salvation.

To Marvel and Be Moved

It is easy to be critical of the Pharisees. We might marvel at how they could miss Jesus after viewing the wonderful miracle fulfilled before them. But the fact is that there are millions of people today suffering in their spiritual blindness who cannot see Jesus. Do we see them?

They continue to clutch and defend something in their lives—just like the Pharisees—yet they remain in spiritual blindness. Are we concerned? Do we share the gospel with them? Or do we reach out to them as Jesus did to the blind man? Do we see them with our hearts?

Now What?

No doubt there are people around you every day stricken by spiritual darkness. Do you see them? If not, will you ask Jesus to give you a heart that “sees” their brokenness and that is filled with compassion to guide them towards His truth? Step into obedience that all may see.

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